Ontario's Job Creators Support Making Ontario Open for Business
Removing job-killing burdens urgently needed and long overdue to make it easier for businesses to hire and workers to find jobs
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE — Today, Premier Doug Ford addressed the Ontario Economic Summit to outline the province's plan to make Ontario Open for Business, grow the economy and help protect and create good jobs across the province, including the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, which was introduced in the Ontario legislature this week.
"The policies we announced this week are what Open for Business is all about," said Ford. "These reforms will cut red tape, grow our economy and create new and better jobs. Our reforms will make it easier for businesses to grow and hire new workers, and make it easier for people to build their careers right here at home."
During his remarks, Ford previewed the next step in Ontario's new 'Open for Business' campaign, a series of signs that will be strategically placed near border crossings throughout Ontario to promote Ontario as a prime destination for investment and job creation.
Earlier in the week, Ontario's Government for the People announced a series of regulatory and legislative changes that, if passed by Ontario's Legislature, will make it easier for Ontario employers to hire and will ensure workers have easier access to jobs and career growth in Ontario.
"We've heard loud and clear that red tape, layered on by the previous Liberal government is squeezing businesses and driving jobs and investment out of our province," said Jim Wilson, Ontario's Minister Responsible for Red Tape and Regulatory Burden Reduction. "Ontario's job creators know best that regulatory burden on businesses must be reduced to pave the way for job creation and new investment."
Minister Wilson, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet, and Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, also addressed the summit and heard from delegates at panel sessions.
"The focus of our plan is to make Ontario a great place to invest, grow and create jobs once again," said Fedeli. "That starts by cutting unnecessary red tape. Under the previous administration, the number of regulations in Ontario ballooned to more than double that of some provinces, such as British Columbia - duplicative and wasteful regulations that raise the cost of doing business without doing anything to protect Ontario individuals, families or businesses."
The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will, if passed by Ontario's Legislature, enable more Ontario employers to boost job creation and investment by cutting unnecessary regulations that are inefficient, inflexible and out of date, while maintaining standards to keep Ontarians safe and healthy.
"Today's reforms are vital to train new workers and create new and better paying jobs," said Fullerton. "Business confidence rises when there are predictable and reasonable regulations which will ensure that every worker has a safe workplace and new opportunities to secure a good job."
"Our government has been very clear since day one - we are making Ontario open for business," said Ford. "We will bring quality jobs back to Ontario and help all families get ahead."
“The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) supports the recently proposed Making Ontario Open for Business Act, and the Ontario government’s efforts to bring jobs to our province by lightening the burden on businesses.”
Power Workers’ Union News Release, October 26
“The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) welcomes the changes our new Conservative government has made to the Employment Standards Act, the Labour Relations Act and Ontario's apprenticeship system. These changes strike a greater sense of balance between the needs of workers and the needs of employers. We know these changes will help our small and medium sized businesses keep Ontario working.”
“LiUNA supports the Ford Government’s decision to wind down the Ontario College of Trades and focus on encouraging people to join the skilled trades and build a better future for them and their families.”
“The Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada supports the Ford government announcement of reversing the unmanageable parts of Bill 148. The Coalition recognizes the 92 per cent of businesses in this country are 100 people or less and understands the struggles of supporting both jobs, workers and the survivability of our companies. Bill 148 was too much too soon and left companies that were already faced with three times the electricity rate due to the green energy plan, extra cost from cap and trade and the challenges of global competitiveness, struggling.”
“The government announced today that it is terminating the Ontario College of Trades – an important step to help close the skills gap that is hurting businesses and industries throughout the province. Apprenticeship training in this province is awash in red tape. We’re pleased the government is taking serious action to streamline and improve skills training.”